Alexandria Parish Church has recently achieved their 1st Award as an Eco-Congregation. The award, supported by the Eco-Congregation Scotland charity, recognises the work the congregation have done to weave environmental issues into its mission and outreach. As well as encouraging recycling and caring for God’s world, when they replaced the pews in the Church with comfortable chairs, they donated them to the Grassmarket Recycling of Wood Project in Edinburgh (GROW). This Charity teaches wood working skills to the unemployed, reusing wood to produce new gifts and items. The Eco-Congregation Scotland Award plaques are made by this charity, which may mean future award plaques may be a recycled Alexandria Parish Church pew!
The Award plaque was unveiled by Mr Stephen Alexander, from Helensburgh, a member of the Eco-Congregation Scotland Board. Lomond Ward Councillors, Martin Rooney, and Hazel Sorrell also dropped in at the Church’s Book Room and Fairtrade Café to support the environmental work of the local congregation.
In the photo from right ot left: Stephen Alexander (Trustee, Eco-Congregation Scotland), Councillor Jackie Sorrell; Mary Sweetland (Eco-Congregation Convener Alexandria Parish Church); Councillor Martin Rooney